As some of you may or may not know I am a lover of film and tv so im constantly watching new shows or movies. I came across this new web series called “Black Actress” created by Andrea lewis. This webseries has become my favorite for this season after only 5 episodes I am hooked.
Andrea lewis said While filming a movie for Nickelodeon a few years ago, she had an eye-opening experience. One of her fellow cast members showed his agent around set, addressing everyone by both their real and character names. When he got to Lewis—the only black person on set—he introduced her as “Andrea … the urban one.” As she recalls on her website,
I was so confused, I mean I understand that I’m the only black girl in this movie and more than likely I was cast because they needed a dose of color and this is their way of showing “diversity” but to be introduced to someone in that way? The urban one? Wow! I didn’t see myself that way.
That moment inspired her to write and star in Black Actress, a new Web series appearing on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel. In the premiere episode, Lewis plays Kori Bailey, an actress returning to the ever-stressful auditioning world after a “much-needed” hiatus and a breakup with her boyfriend, whose own acting career seems to be on the rise.
The series is produced by Issa Rae, Brian Walker, and Tatyana Ali (of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fame). The series will be immediately understandable to those who have been in the minority at an audition, but many of its moments will likely feel familiar to anyone who’s ever auditioned at all—or even had a job interview. As Ali says at the close of the episode, “It’s just a weird thing to go into a little room and ask somebody to love you.”
Below is the latest episode that aired tonight and check out more episodes every Wednesday 4pm pacific/7pm eastern time on Issa Rae productions you tube channel.